Montrose Basin

Forthcoming events

For details of upcoming events, download a copy of our Montrose Basin events guide. Alternatively, for all the latest wildlife sightings on the reserve read our blog.

About Montrose Basin

Montrose Basin is an enclosed estuary of the river South Esk covering 750 hectares, home to over 50,000 migratory birds - including pink-footed geese, Arctic terns, knots and sedge warblers. Our four-star visitor centre offers a great day out for all the family in Angus. Highlights include:

  • Telescopes, binoculars and live video footage of visiting migratory birds
  • Interactive toys and games - including microscopes, species peepholes and puzzles
  • Regular wildlife events - guided walks, children's activities (click here for programme)
  • Formal and informal education programmes for school groups run all year round
  • Fairtrade tea and coffee available - relax with panoramic views across the Basin
  • Range of wildlife gifts available from our gift shop

Visitor information

Open daily from 10:30am to 5pm until 31 October. 

Family (2 adults, 2 children)
Trust members
Groups of 11 or more
10% discount


* The admission payment includes an optional 10% donation. This is to allow the Scottish Wildlife Trust to claim Gift Aid. Please advise our visitor centre staff if you do not wish to pay the additional donation.

Montrose Basin Visitor Centre is located just over a mile from Montrose town centre on the A92. Look out for the brown tourist signs, or visit our reserve page for detailed directions. You can also check out the latest tide timetables and a local volunteer's insight on where and when to watch birds.

An access guide can be downloaded here.

Montrose Basin, Rossie Braes, Angus DD10 9TA
T. 01674 676 336 E.

School visits

At Montrose Basin, we offer formal and informal education programmes all year round. Our dedicated team of Teacher Naturalists provide a safe environment for children to learn more about wildlife and the environment with interesting and hands-on activities.

To book an event, please call Alison O'Hara on 01674 676 336 at least two weeks in advance, as the tides around the centre are variable and some activities may not be possible on certain days.

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